News and Updates

The Fifth Sunset, the Sixth Sunrise

This year, the Nation selected "The Fifth Sunset, the Sixth Sunrise" to be our Conference Theme. MEChistAs from across the Nation will be coming down to San Diego, CA from Thursday, March 21st-Sunday, March 24th to participate in day long activities that are meant to empower, challenge, influence, spread knowledge, and grow as MEChistAs. We will be providing Speakers, Entertainment, Food, Art, Danza Azteca, Spoken Word, Giveaways, Caucuses, Discussions and Various breakout sessions.

Visit the MEChA de UCSD website for more conference information: http://mechadeucsd.org/annualevents/mechanationals/nationals/

Statement of Solidarity Towards the People of Palestine

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We as National M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán), the largest organization of Raza Youth in the United States, took a firm stance against the military occupation and settlement of Palestine during the 19th National M.E.Ch.A. conference when the members endorsed the global call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) on Israel. Therefore M.E.Ch.A. stands in Solidarity with Students for Justice in Palestine to demand for the liberation of all Palestinians, whose current state of occupation and military attack is severely hindering their life, liberty, and their pursuit of happiness.

In recent days, Israeli military forces have violently attacked Palestine in Gaza, killing 80+ civilians, including small children, and injuring hundreds more. These oppressive measures have further divided the Israeli/Palestinian community and have served to reinforce and maintain Israeli occupation on Palestinian land. Although the United States government has decided to ally with Israel, and does not recognize Palestine as its own sovereign nation, We as National Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán, stands united as a nation to condemn this senseless use of force.

We do not condone war, nor the violation of individuals' human rights. War is detrimental to all countries' financial resources that could be better spent on productive social programs, such as healthcare, education, and matters of that sort. War also serves to be costly in measures beyond the concept of currency. It is expensive in human life; lives that can never be replaced or revitalized after death.

One cannot seek to properly address any given issue without taking into account the history of that subject; the Israeli military occupation of Palestine is no exception. We cannot fully analyze the present, without taking into account past events that have led to people's present state. With that said, when reading this please keep in mind the way in which Israel came to be, people were forced out of their land to make room for another. We ask that you please inform yourself of this history before making quick judgements.

Our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls will not rest until the true meaning of justice is given to the Palestinian people and until the Israeli military attacks cease to reign over Gaza. National M.E.Ch.A. stands in solidarity with Palestine in its struggle for liberation; because we know that La union hace la fuerza (With unity there is strength). Thus, today as a nation we extend our support towards the people of Palestine, as they have been enduring their struggle since 1948. We ask high schools, community colleges and university chapters across the nation to stand in solidarity against the Israeli attacks on the people of Palestine.

With this stance, we (M.E.Ch.A.) as a nation are working with our communities to voice our opposition in regards to the Israel launched war on Gaza with the hopes of ending oppression. People are fighting an unnecessary war, in which lives from both countries are being lost in vain. This issue no longer stands to be solely a Palestine/Israel issue, but a humans rights issue, an environment issue, a global issue that must end now.

If you want to learn more of what is going on at Palestine you can do so through Here
As well as through Students for Justice in Palestine

C/S
In Solidarity & Struggle,


National M.E.Ch.A.

2nd National MEChA Encuentro

MEChA at San Diego State University and at University of California San Diego is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual National Encuentro, to be held from April 20-22, 2012 in San Diego, CA.

MEChA de SDSU's goal for our National Encuntro is to come together with MEChA chapters and MEChistAs from all over the nation and expose them to our philosophies and ideologies. The theme of this the National Encuentro is "Nepantler@s: Un Mundo Donde Quepan Muchos Mundos." With the National Encuentro, we hope to invoke a desire for MEChA as a national organization to further become politically conscious through community involvement and pride in who they are and where they come from. With Zapatismo as our main focus, we hope to promote the ideals and philosophies adopted by the Zapatista Communities.

National MEChA Endorses Palestinian Boycott Call Against Israel

In a joint press release by Students for Justice in Palestine (ASU Chapter) it was made known that at the 19th annual National MEChA Conference National MEChA voted to endorse the global call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) on Israel, due to its military occupation and settlement of Palestine.

Students vs. Arpaio - 3/23/2012

Register for National

Please register for the National Conference in Arizona State University March 22-25

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M.E.Ch.A. Website Revived

Hey Y'all the M.E.Ch.A. Website is back online!! stay tuned for National Conference information.

M.E.Ch.A. Endorses the School of the Americas Watch (SOAW)

OLYMPIA, Washington- As National Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.) we are endorsing The School of the America's Watch's campaign to permanently shut down the Western Hemisphere Institution for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), formerly The School of the Americas (SOA) located at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia.

National MEChA to Protest Arizona's SB 1070, HB 2281 and the Privatization of Higher Education

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release
Contact: Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlán de University of Washington, mecha@uw.edu

National Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) to Protest Arizona’s HB 1070 and SB 2281 and the privatization of higher education at the University of Washington on May 28th 2010.

SEATTLE -- National Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) and MEChA de UW will be having an action on May 28th, 2010 from 2-5pm at the University of Washington during the National MEChA Conference to demand an accessible education system that does not exploit students, immigrants, first generation college students, workers and our communidad!

National MEChA Opposes Arizona's SB 1070

National MEChA is opposed to SB1070 in Arizona. Continue reading for the full press release.